March 1, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team will spend the start to its spring break week in South Carolina, hosting the second-annual Colleton River Collegiate on March 2-3 at the Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. Held on the Pete Dye Course, competition will begin with 36 holes on Sunday, March 2, before concluding with 18 holes on Monday. Both days will begin at 8:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
"We are thrilled to be able to again host this event at Colleton River, truly one of the great clubs in America," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "The Dye Course provides a great challenge to the players due to its demanding layout and great green complexes. The members at Colleton River have been supportive of amateur, junior and college golf, and we are honored they will be hosting us for the second-straight season at the Colleton River Collegiate.
"We would like to thank Club President Jim Humphrey, Director of Golf Matt Lucchesi and the entire team at Colleton River Plantation for opening their doors to Michigan State University and our golf program. Also, a huge thank you goes to Colleton River resident and MSU golf alum, Mr. Al Thiess. This event would not be possible without his support."
Joining the Spartans in the field will be Connecticut, Detroit, Kennesaw State, Miami (Ohio), Oakland, Rutgers, Seattle and Winthrop.
Last year, the Spartans finished second in the event, as Blease and then-senior Matthew Moseley were part of a three-way tie for first place individually. Castellani, Finley and Rutledge also enter the weekend with experience on the course, as they all placed in the top-20 in 2013.
Located along the Atlantic Ocean in Bluffton, the Colleton River Plantation Club, will host the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Colleton River is a 1,500 acre, member-owned golf community that is surrounded on three sides by water. The Pete Dye Course, which opened in 1998, is a links-type course with unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean on 11 of 18 holes.
In addition to the future hosting of the U.S. Junior Amateur, Colleton River's Pete Dye Course has hosted eight USGA qualifiers since 2005, including three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one U.S. Senior Open. Also, the course has held the 2001 and 2011 South Carolina Amateur Championship.
For more information on the Colleton River Plantation Club, visit www.colletonriverclub.com.